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Illegal Drugs • When people talk about the "drug problem," they usually mean abusing legal drugs or using illegal drugs, such as marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, crystal meth and heroin. (Marijuana is generally an illegal drug, but some states allow doctors to prescribe it to adults for certain illnesses.) Why Are Illegal Drugs Dangerous? While using drugs, a person is also less able to do well in school, sports, and other activities. It's often harder to think clearly and make good decisions. People can do dumb or dangerous things that could hurt themselves - or other people - when they use drugs. Why Do People Use Illegal Drugs? • Sometimes kids and teens try drugs to fit in with a group of friends. A person may use illegal drugs for many reasons, but often because they help the person escape from reality for a while. If a person is sad or upset, a drug can - temporarily - make the person feel better or forget about problems. But this escape lasts only until the drug wears off. Why do you think they do it? Can I Tell If Someone Is Using Drugs? • A person using drugs may: • lose interest in school • change friends (to hang out with kids who use drugs) • become moody, negative, cranky, or worried all the time • ask to be left alone a lot • have trouble concentrating • sleep a lot (maybe even in class) • get in fights • have red or puffy eyes • lose or gain weight • cough a lot • have a runny nose all of the time What Can I Do to Help? • A way kids can help kids is by choosing not to try or use drugs. It's a good way for friends to stick together. • Understanding drugs and why they are dangerous is another good step for a kid to take. • A Doctor can help too. Drugs Against Law What Can Drugs Do to Your Body? Drug can do a lot to your body some Drugs can your heart stop some can make you go crazy and some can even kill you. How Do I Stop People From Using Drugs? To stop people from using drugs you follow these tips, • Tell them facts about drug and what can they do to the body. • Tell a adult if kid is using drugs. • Take to this person Where Do Drugs Come From? • Drugs come from plants • Like weed. The leafs you • see is used to make • weed. Some drugs • come from chemical • labs to.
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